The Presence of Resilience Is Associated with a Healthier Psychological Profile in ICU Nurses: Results of a National Survey

Published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies, the following study surveyed 3,500 randomly selected ICU nurses across the United States to measure posttraumatic stress, anxiety, depression, burnout, and resilience. Twenty-two percent of the intensive care unit nurses were categorized as being highly resilient. The presence of high resilience in these nurses was significantly associated with a lower prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder, symptoms of anxiety or depression, and burnout syndrome. Future research is needed to better understand coping mechanisms employed by highly resilient nurses and how they maintain a healthier psychological profile.

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